Finding a Doctor

Monday morning, and I was ready on time. Congratulating myself, I sipped the orange juice contentedly while checking email on my mobile. I sat on a slender but comfortable cane chair, with my back to the window that opens onto the small and cute balcony, a rarity in Mumbai flats. Outside the week expanded out in its soothing routine- a raddiwala cycled past asking for old newspapers, a wife bade goodbye to her husband, a neighbor admonished the car-cleaner to wash his car first, hurried footsteps rattled down the stairs, a few birds chirped, a car honked, an auto stuttered, a couple of security guards chattered animatedly.

I glanced at my watch, exited the email menu and gulped the last of the juice. Getting up, I placed the mobile on my top pocket, picked up the empty glass and with my other free hand, I inserted the little finger in my left ear to clear an irritation I felt.


Everything faded into silence. Or rather smothered by a dreary drone. It took a few seconds to comprehend the full impact. My left ear seemed blocked as if someone had shoved in a huge ball of cotton. The right one was fine. I would have ignored it, but the blockage’s irritation swept aside any sense of patience. I understood what had happened- ear wax must have got pushed into the canal.

Hurriedly, I dropped the empty glass into the kitchen sink, grabbed the laptop, swooped on the car keys and rushed out of home.

There is a chemist shop right below my apartment building. It usually opens early but today for some strange reason grim shutters greeted me.

I ran to my car, with the irritating blocked ear heavily feeling like a lead earring. I knew of a 24 hour chemist shop half a kilometre away.

Not trusting the volume of my own voice, I whispered for ear buds.

Back in the car, I ripped open the box, and pulled out an ear bud, while quickly reading the warning and instructions on the wrapper.

The buds provided no relief. I had to see a doctor!

While swiftly typing a ‘ I will be late ‘ sms to my boss, I tried to recall where I had seen a signage of an ENT specialist. I couldn’t remember. I slowly drove down the road, taking in all the doctor boards, ignoring the irritated horns of irate drivers behind me, the upside being I couldn’t really hear them in full blast.

Lots of dentists, a few general practitioners, a couple of gynaecs, but I couldn’t find any ENT specialist.

I stopped at another chemist and asked for one. He gave the address of a doctor, not far off, but with the Metro construction on in full swing, and the traffic at its peak hour, it took me an arduous fifteen-minutes to reach. Only to be met by a cheerless receptionist, eating sprouted dal, sitting in an eerily empty office.

‘I wish to see the doctor,’ I said.

‘He’s not in. He will come at 11.30’ she replied with a more than obvious disinterest in her job. She wouldn’t care or bother if he never came.

My heart sank.

‘Is there any other ENT doctor nearby’

Clearly this didn’t go down well with her. Curtly she said, ‘Idea nahi hai’ and went back to her sprouted dal.

Dejected, I stepped out. Opposite, there was an obesity clinic, and an eager looking youngster viewed me hopefully. Sorry buddy, I’m not your client. Not yet, at least.

Thereafter, for next one hour, my search for a suitable doctor began. Actually, not suitable. Any doctor.

Downed shutters and similar looking dour receptionists gave me similar answers.

What the hell??!? Don’t doctors wake up early here? Are they like just any other businessmen opening their shops at a leisurely pace. Mine was a small problem, but what if I had a genuinely serious emergency? I would have been dead by the time I found a medico in his shop…err, clinic. And it wasn’t that early either. It was nearing 10.30, dammit. And surely, dentist and cosmetic dentistry is damn lucrative business seeing the number of available clinics in this supposedly posh colony. I reckon, the rich have their own set of diseases. And convenient timings when they get afflicted.

Angry and frustrated, I started for office, with the faint hope of stopping en route at a newly inaugurated (by Amitabh Bachchan, no less) multi-speciality hospital and finding an ENT surgeon there at least. If not, any doctor would do who could fish out the damn wax obstinately stuck in the ear and giving immense discomfort.


  1. Juneli says:

    At a many times we could NOT find the right thing when we need it urgently. Wondering – Do the “Urgency situation” and “Not availability” have a universal relation!!!!

    Anyway, hope that you have found an ENT doctor later on and you are fine now.

  2. priyangini says:

    Hey, you could have given me a call yaar. There is a Brahmakumaris hospital right opposite the Andheri station, you will find an ENT doc there and if not, there is an ENT doctor in the Panneri building. I do sympathise with you though, I needed a lady doc for an injection some time back and had a similar experience.

  3. Ektaran says:

    I just loved the way u described the receptionists…aur ab kaan theek hai??

  4. kaush says:

    oye priyangini! maara ek pan emails male che ke nahi? I don’t think ke ek pan pahoche che. Koi alter address aapone! I just wanted to say congratulations and best wishes…and loads of luck for the sleepless nights and dirty diapers πŸ˜›

  5. Juneli – Well, that’s Murphy law for you πŸ˜‰

    Yes, I found an ENT at that hospital
    No, I am still not ok. It will take some time, as per the doctor

    Priyangini – Oh yes, I could have done that… the thought didnt come to my mind at that time 😐

    Ektaran – Thanks πŸ™‚ Nahi , abhi bhi theek nahi hai. Have to go for a follow up visit on Friday.

    Kaushi – Umm err, hello, how about some comment on the post as well πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    And how about answering YOUR mail for a change!!!

  6. neetie says:

    sooo long time i have been here…

  7. Amit says:

    So, how’s ur ear now? Did U find any ENT that day !

  8. Neetie- hi, really after a long time. How are you?

    Amit – Yes, I found an ENT in that hospital. The ear is still not good. Have to make a follow up trip to him now. Let’s see.

    How have you been? Good to see you on this site πŸ™‚

  9. anks says:

    Hey…. bad news about the ear… take care…. hope it is better now…

  10. Harshad Jangla says:

    Hope u r okay now!
    -Harshad Jangla
    Atlanta, USA

  11. Vandy says:

    happy new year DJ.

  12. Kislay says:

    You could have found a General Practicner at least…rather than this fuss.

  13. anks says:

    hey, wish u a happy new year!

  14. Anz says:

    do you intend visiting this place?

  15. Juneli says:

    Are you still finding a doctor or should I send one from here πŸ˜›

    Hope you are fine and doing well by now. And now come up with a nice and chat-pata post just like you have forwarded about the two doctors πŸ˜‰

  16. Juneli says:

    Many Many Happy Returns of the Day…..

    Have fun [:)]

  17. Ray says:


    I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be very good.. u write well.. Why don’t you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog β€˜Random Expressions’ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too;

    BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

    This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. πŸ™‚